Home Gym Essentials: The Bare Minimum You Need

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There’s nothing better than having your own home gym! No excuses that you can’t get to the gym, because you have everything you need, right in the comfort of your own home!

Now, if you’re working out at home because you don’t like going to gyms because of all the “muscle heads” and onlookers, read my article here. There’s nothing wrong with gyms, and they have everything you would ever need in any workout you find, so don’t let others impact whether or not you go to one 🙂

Home gyms are good for when you can’t afford a gym membership, or as a supplementation to a gym. Again, gyms have everything you need, so it’s best to still go to one, but the things you can accomplish with a home gym are phenomenal.

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Sprint Workout for Beginners: In/Outdoors

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful start of the week, and got some good workouts in! I was able to do both a back workout and a sprint workout on Monday and realized during my sprints that beginners probably didn’t know how to start sprinting. Or why to start sprinting.

Sprinting promotes fat loss and keeps muscles

Since sprinting takes such a toll on your body, and it’s energy systems, you burn more calories in less time. This means that if you’re short on time, you can get a quick workout in and reap some good benefits.

I get that sprinting can look intimidating (you’re running as fast as you can for the most part), but it’s always worth trying new things. And this can help you to reach your goals faster than you’d think 😉

Make sure you eat a snack beforehand and allow it some time to digest–nothing worse than puking on a track, am I right? (Thankfully haven’t been there)

Let’s do this!

I’ve created a little pin that has everything you need so it’s all in one place for your workout 😉

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The 5 Best Habits to Start this Year!

“It takes 21 days to create a habit”–I’ve heard this saying a lot! You gotta keep doing something over and over again for it to become a habit (and hopefully it’s a good one!). Makes sense, doesn’t it?

BUT what you don’t realize is that those “21 days” are difficult. It’s a journey and if you really want it, you will fight through thick and thin to reach it. THOSE are the people who are able to change their habits. That will is what separates those who go to the gym and crush their goals, and those who go for a week and then find themselves with no time (or desire) to go back.

If you really want to get fit and be the healthiest you’ve been, there are a couple habits you can learn that will let you feel (and look) your best. And they’re not difficult at all!

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Working Out When You’re Sick A.F.

Working Out When You’re Sick A.F.

After a successful week of working out, hardcore, with no problems whatsoever, I got a double ear infection *insert sad face here*. I haven’t been sick for months, thank God, but once that infection hits it’s like seriously?! Could you not tell that I don’t have time to deal with sinus/ear infections?

Granted, I used to have chronic sinusitis, where I had them every. month. So, this is a lot more favorable for me. It still sucks though, haha.

So, after taking ONE DAY off from working out (yes, that’s a long time for me! LOL), I went to the gym today, ready to get through and chest and shoulder workout, even if that meant I’d be crawling out of the gym afterwards. And let me tell you–working out when you don’t feel your best is HARD. You probably know that by now, too.

Not only did I think it was a good idea to superset all my exercises and complete a burnout round, I also tried to use the weights that I last left off on. Not a good idea. I was doing incline bench presses with dumbbells and realized I had no energy whatsoever to lift what I usually do. So I had to go a little lighter–again, not bad, but still! I want my energy back!

Tomorrow is legs. That’ll be interesting. You can bet I’m going to be carb loading all day and taking some Aspirin for this nonstop headache. I know that I should stay home, let my body rest, but it’s really only my head that hurts. Ever have that? Where your whole body (minus your head) feels great, but you’re head feels like calling the shots. How selfish!

The gym is therapy, though. It’s my form of “me time” that helps me stay focused and happy. So, I guess you have to choose your battles, eh?

Gym Anxiety: Tips to Stop Caring what Others Think of You

“They were looking at us do deadlifts,” one of my friends whispered to me. It was leg day (the holy grail of gym days) and we were going hard, doing compound lifts and having fun together.

I can almost imagine what my face looked like–eyebrows furrowed, “huh?” kind of attitude. I barely look at gym goers–I’m in my own zone, in my own space, that I don’t really look at the people working out around me. I focus on my exercise, and on myself. Gym time is me time.

She motioned to a group of guys our age that were goofing off on hyperextensions. I rolled my eyes.

“Girl, really? Why do you care if they’re looking at us or not?”

“I don’t know,” she said sheepishly. We both laughed, and continued our workout.

FAST FORWARD

When I began training, I noticed some of my clients had anxiety over how many people were working out during our session. It was the same sort of feeling I got from my friend when we would work out and someone was watching us.

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COMFY Activewear Haul

COMFY Activewear Haul

I hate clothes shopping. Even if it’s for workout clothes. And I imagine that there are plenty other young ladies that feel the same way–they don’t want to be stuck in a clothing store only to find ONE thing after an hour search. Or is it just me? Yes? No? Oh well 🙂

SO, here are some clothes that I’d highly recommend for those that just want comfortable active wear that isn’t going to make them go nuts during a workout! There’s nothing worse than having a tight sports bra cramping your workout style.

All the clothes that I bought you can click so that you can buy them, too (isn’t that convenient? You don’t even have to go outside!). I personally found them in store, but to save the hassle of searching through rows and rows of clothes, it’s just easier to purchase them online. The links I list do not mean you have to buy them there–if you find a cheaper site, or you find them in store, go right for it! This is just to help you 🙂


Nike Womens Dri-Fit Racerback Tank Top Red M

This has become my new favorite workout tank. Maybe it’s because it kind of matches my hair (it’s hard to find clothes that flatter certain hair colors), but this tank is SO comfortable, and I love how it looks with the sports bra I’m wearing underneath.

9/10

 

Reebok Performer Singlet Shirt

I am in love with the back! It’s very pretty.

Size is M

8/10 (definitely need a different hair color, but a 10/10 if I was still blonde 😉 )

 

 

ASICS Women’s Racerback Bra, Abstract Nuage Print, Small

^^I need a L/G in order for it to fit my bust; just something to take into consideration, because I am a 34C 🙂

This is the closest sports bra I could find to the one I bought (I found this at Burlington Coat Factory for $7.99), so I am sorry that I couldn’t find this color on the web. If you can find it online please let me know so I can update it.

BUT, the one that I listed sounds exactly like the one I have, just different colors. Because it’s seamless, it’s very comfortable, and I wish they actually had different colors because I don’t have too much that matches neon. It’s always hard finding a sports bra that also looks “normal”, as there are some weird looking what-the-heck-is-this type bras that I have tried on, so it’s hard for me to find sports bras. This one is super comfortable and does not feel itchy whatsoever. I’ll probably buy more from the link above so that I have a solid black one, too.

 

I am 100% happy with what I was able to find. I did try on a lot of other tanks and sports bras, but I am very stingy on spending money on clothes. If I know I’m not going to wear it, because I’m not completely comfortable in it, then I won’t buy it. That simple. That’s why I like sharing what I find, because you’ll have some considerations when you want to buy more activewear!

Where do you buy your activewear?

Baylee

How to Track Your Workouts (And Why You Should!)

How to Track Your Workouts (And Why You Should!)

(This is an honest, unpaid review of a mad awesome app)

Ever heard someone say that in order to see results, you have to log your workouts? I would back this guy up–he/she knows a thing or two. And, to be honest, it’s one of the easiest things to do, so why not do it for your own good? So, I’m going to teach you how to track your workouts so that you see the results you want! 🙂

Why is it important to track your workouts?

It’s crucial to make sure that you are constantly pushing yourself, and make sure you are making progress (through adding weight, doing more during a workout, and so on). I can tell that I’m progressing when I look at where I first began, with all the weights and reps recorded, compared to where I am now, and that’s one perk of tracking workouts from the beginning of my journey.

If you don’t know how to track your workouts, it’s a lot simpler than you think–you don’t need to bring that notepad to the gym, or write it all down on your phone. Instead, there’s an app that will gladly help you keep everything in one place.

And this app is…

*Drum roll please*

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BodySpace!

BodySpace allows you to create your own workouts, try a workout someone else is doing, and even schedule future workouts so you have them in the palm of your hand right when you walk into the gym. This helped save me a lot of time, both in the gym and out of the gym (when I’m searching for my last PR on a piece of paper in my house!) and has been so awesome that I’ve been using it for 2 years now.

It was one of the best things I discovered from Bodybuilding.com when I was constantly on their website, reading articles while practicing for my Personal Trainer Certification Exam and I really fell in love with their website and content. I would highly recommend visiting their website if you haven’t already heard of it (which I believe would be highly unlikely!).

Best thing? It’s free 🙂

How do you track your workouts?

Baylee